Thursday, March 23, 2023

Oxford Quantum Circuits enters Equinix

Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) will offer Quantum Computing as a Service (QCaaS) via Equinix's TY11 Tokyo International Business Exchange (IBX) data center.

OQC is installing its quantum hardware in TY11 and plans to leverage Equinix's on-demand interconnection solution, Equinix Fabric, to make its Quantum Computing as a Service available to businesses and organizations around the world on Equinix's global platform in late 2023.

Once connected to Equinix Fabric, businesses will benefit from the ease of access to quantum computing as if it is on-premises, meaning that they can trial and experiment with the ground-breaking technology by directly connecting to QCaaS within their own digital infrastructure with greater security and ease.

Commenting on the news, Dr. Ilana Wisby, CEO at OQC, said: "The world has been waiting for quantum computing to mature to the point that it can change our lives. Installing quantum computing in Equinix's world-class TY11 data center brings us a step closer to this reality. Quantum computing represents a major shift in terms of technology and process. Unlike traditional classical computers, quantum computers can crunch vast amounts of data at incredible speeds. We are excited to work with Equinix to help businesses around the world to build their quantum skillset and capabilities. The future is here, and we are setting the pace for the era of quantum computing."

Arun Dev, Global Head of Digital Interconnection at Equinix, states: " As the world's digital infrastructure company, we are proud to enable easier, secure, high-bandwidth access to this pioneering technology to thousands of businesses around the world. Welcoming OQC's quantum computer to our global interconnection ecosystem on Platform Equinix underpins our commitment to supporting innovation. We are looking forward to working together to solve some of the key digital challenges organisations face today."

Is quantum-secured networking ready for commercialization?

Is quantum-secured networking ready for commercialization? What value does it provide? this video, Andrew Lord, Distinguished Engineer and Senior Manager Optical Networks and Quantum Research, BT, explains that while quantum has often been perceived as a complex science experiment, it has moved on incredibly in the last few years, and it is now ready for showtime. The proof of this is in the demonstration that BT...

Ireland’s eir evo selects HPE GreenLake for Private Cloud

eir evo, the largest managed cloud services provider in Ireland, has selected the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform to enhance the cloud services offering for its private cloud platform, Digital Planet. 

Eir evo has operations and data centers located in Dublin as well as the UK and US and is one of two HPE Platinum Partners in Ireland. eir evo's Digital Planet platform offers secure and compliant enterprise-class cloud hosting and IT managed services, and as more and more customers join the platform eir evo must modernize the infrastructure and software it is built upon. The system upgrade to HPE GreenLake facilitates the anticipated increase in workloads and data as well as performance growth, while allowing the team to implement changes more quickly to satisfy customer needs.

“In recent years sustainability has come into sharp focus for us and our customers. A key advantage is the modern cloud experience of HPE GreenLake that delivers service flexibility and choice, and the pay-per-use as-a-service model. These features help us manage costs and carbon footprint as they prevent overprovisioning and provide insights into energy consumption, which, in times of soaring energy costs and the global climate crisis, is critical,” states Martin Wells, managing director, eir evo. 

Truespeed deploys Adtran XGS-PON across southeast England

Truespeed is deploying Adtran’s XGS-PON technology to provide high-speed connectivity to more customers across the South West of England. 

The new network  enables the service provider to deliver current speed tiers of up to 900 Mbps to households and up to 10 Gbps to its enterprise customers. '

“We’ve already passed over 60,000 properties with our full-fiber network, and we aim to increase that to half a million by 2025. Thanks to Adtran’s innovation and the dedicated support of its team, we’re confident we can achieve our goal," states James Lowther, CEO of Truespeed.

Canadian research network picks Nokia 7750 Service Router

CANARIE, the high-speed backbone of Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN), will deploy the Nokia 7750 Service Router as the IP/MPLS platform to support its more than 34,000 km network connecting 13 provincial and territorial networks to each other and to more than 100 NRENs around the world.

The 7750 SR platform offers 100 Gbps and 400 Gbps services over an IP/MPLS network capable of supporting more than 46 Tbps of capacity. 

Mark Wolff, CTO at CANARIE, said: “We are pleased to work with Nokia as we continually improve the capabilities of Canada’s National Research and Education Network. Nokia networking technology will allow CANARIE to better connect Canada’s researchers, educators, and innovators to each other and to global data, technology, and colleagues.”

Dr. Vach Kompella, Vice President, IP Networks Division at Nokia, said: “We are thrilled to work with CANARIE and equip the scientific community across Canada and globally with proven IP technology. This more than triples CANARIE’s wide area network capabilities from 100G to 400G, while enhancing their resiliency, security, and flexibility.”

UK expresses concern over Broadcom/VMware deal

Broadcom's proposed $61 billion acquisition of VMware could make servers more expensive, potentially driving up the cost of network services, according to the UK Competition and Markets Authority.

The CMA’s investigation focused on six products sold by Broadcom (Ethernet NICs, Smart NICs, Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (FC HBAs), storage adapters, FC switches and top-of-rack (TOR) switching chips) and VMware’s server virtualisation software. 

In its evaluation of the proposed merger, the CMA found that "VMware has a leading position in server virtualisation software and that compatibility with its software is critical for the server hardware components sold by Broadcom and its rivals."

The CMA said it "is concerned that the deal could enable Broadcom to harm its rivals by preventing them from being able to supply VMware-compatible hardware components – such as NICs and storage adapters – reducing competition and ultimately choice for customers."

Broadcom now has five days to respond to the CMA or the case will proceed to a Phase 2 investigation.

Lambda raises $44 million for its Cloud GPU service

Lambda, a privately-held company based in San Francisco, raised $44 million in Series B funding to accelerate the growth of its AI cloud. 

Lambda offers on-demand access to GPUs including NVIDIA A100, RTX A6000, Quadro RTX 6000, and Tesla V100.

The funding round was led by Mercato Partners with participation from Adam D'Angelo, Jeff Hammerbacher, Greg Brockman, Lukas Biewald, and Garry Tan, as well as exisiting investors including 1517, Gradient Ventures, Georges Harik, Bloomberg Beta, and Crescent Cove.

Video: Accelerating the 5G core with SmartNICs

How does Napatech's SmartNIC technology improve 5G network performance and cost-effectiveness?

Charlie Ashton, Director of Business Development at Napatech, and Kaitki Agarwal, President and CTO of a5g Networks, explain why:

  • Napatech's SmartNICs offload and accelerate specific applications, leading to higher performance in 5G networks.
  • a5g Networks leverages Napatech's solution for traffic offloading, enabling flexibility for different types of network slicing (IoT, low latency, etc.). 
  • a5g's Edge Centric solution is cloud-agnostic, allowing for deployment across multiple clouds and providing connectivity solutions for various applications (private networks, smart cities, connected cars, mobile broadband users).

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